Ef­forts ac­knowl­edged

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

A St James farmer has been named Cit­i­zen of the Year at Moira Shire’s Aus­tralia Day Awards Cer­e­mony.

Neil Lonie was in­spired to raise money for the Good Fri­day Ap­peal af­ter the death of his niece in 2008 and has since raised more than $150 000, in­clud­ing $24 000 last year.

Mr Lonie is a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the St James com­mu­nity and sur­rounds as he is a mem­ber of St James Fire Brigade, the Tungamah and Dookie his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties as well as the St James Recre­ation Re­serve and Hall Com­mit­tee. He also was the foun­da­tion mem­ber of the St James Young Farm­ers group.

Mr Lonie was one of 30 nom­i­nated in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity events and com­mu­nity groups recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Other win­ners from the cer­e­mony held on Jan­uary 18 were Muck­atah’s Tris­tan Grin­ter, who won Young Cit­i­zen of the Year; Ro­tary Club of Co­bram, which won Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year; Re­lay for Life – Oa­sis Movers & Shak­ers, which won Event of the Year; and the Trees Please – Con­ser­va­tion Aware­ness Pro­ject which was named En­vi­ron­ment Pro­ject of the Year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.